I've been called a dirty, rotten hillbilly. I've been called other things not suitable for publication. But I've never been labeled a deplorable by a major party's nominee until now.
On Sept. 9, Hillary Clinton said half of Donald Trump's supporters could go into a "basket of deplorables." Basically, they are "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it." Additionally, she decreed that these folks were "irredeemable."
Nobody should be surprised that an elitist like Hillary would disparage millions of Americans who intend to vote for Donald Trump. The condescension of liberals against those who don't share their politically correct world view isn't a new phenomenon. Lyndon Johnson was known to complain about the pointy-headed intellectual types over 50 years ago. And it hasn't gotten any better.
You just know that at their fancy dress wine and brie parties, they stand around with pinkies extended gnoshing on tofu while lamenting climate change and speaking derisively of the great unwashed out in the heartland of America who cling to their guns and religion. You know that's what they do because Barack Obama said as much back in 2008.
And Hillary has doubled down on that hoity-toitism this year. So, if you have concerns about gay marriage (and Hillary was opposed until "evolving" recently), you are a homophobe. If, in the wake of several more Islamic terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, you express concerns about Hillary's plan to bring in 580,000 Syrian refugees, obviously you are an Islamaphobe. If you disagree with Clinton's position that only her bodyguards should be armed, clearly you are a gun nut. Furthermore, if you have the temerity to question the premise that climate change is caused by human activity, obviously you are a neanderthal. And on and on it goes.
How did we get to the point where having conservative ideas made you the object of ridicule and derision? When did it become unacceptable to spout anything other than the politically correct orthodoxy of the elite?
I'm not sure, but it's a mess and is becoming tiresome. Men and women have fought and died so that we can enjoy the freedom to flap our gums about anything we have a mind to. As such, I embrace the deplorable label. And I am a deplorable who is looking forward to giving Hillary some comeuppance on Nov. 8 when I go to the polls. I urge all my deplorable friends to join me.
The writer is a Republican state delegate representing District 5.